Periodic Table Puzzle

Lesson #10142

Create your own Periodic Table Puzzle.

Explore matter and energy with a Periodic Table of Elements manipulative. Assemble the Table and label elements with correct atomic numbers (number of protons in nucleus). Students learn that elements are pure substances represented by chemical symbols. Students will understand that matter is classified in the periodic table (according to physical and chemical properties) into metal, nonmetal and metalloid groups. Students will reflect on the arrangement of the Table and groups, to explain how elements are classified according to properties. Students will understand that the periodic table provides a useful framework for analyzing trends in chemical behavior, and that scientists use these trends understand relationships between the properties of the elements to predict properties of new elements. Teachers will find this manipulative helpful for guided instruction and assessment. Students can use this manipulative for groupwork and independent practice.

Challenge students to find images or samples of elements found in everyday life. Consider a creative exercise, where students invent their own element with unique physical and chemical properties.

Label and assemble a Periodic Table manipulative for fun, hands-on learning about matter and energy.

29317-XL-Ellison SureCut Die - Periodic Table - XL

Supplies Used: Cardstock or Construction Paper, Marking Pen, Tape (Double-Sided)

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut the Periodic Table from various colors of cardstock or construction paper.
  2. Arrange the colorful sections to assemble the Periodic Table Puzzles.
  3. Label the grids with the atomic number and chemical symbol for each element. Adhere to construction paper if desired (see Main Photo).

Science: Physical Science

  • As a result of the activities in grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of properties of objects and materials.

Source:National Science Education Standards

Fine Arts: Visual Arts

K-4 Standard 3: Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas

  • Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.

Source: National Standards for Arts Education